David Luker, a longtime criminal defense lawyer in Birmingham, was recently named Jefferson County Public Defender.
The Office of Indigent Services in Montgomery this week hired Luker on behalf of the Indigent Defense Advisory Committee of Jefferson County. He replaces Kira Fonteneau, who vacated her position in July and claimed she was fired. Alabama State Finance Director Bill Newton told AL.com she had resigned.
Luker has successfully kept 17 capital murder defendants off death row and is a past president of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has also taught at the Birmingham School of Law for more than a decade.
“I’m proud and happy to be named public defender for Jefferson County and look forward to increasing the productivity of this office,” Luker told the BBJ Monday.
He practices alongside his wife, Katherine, who also specializes in criminal defense.